In my mind, one of the worst crimes is that of rape, and the vilest of the vile is the rape of a small child. Unfortunately it happens far too often as this most recent story of a rape of a 6 year old girl in Surrey attests.
We can only hope that the piece of scum that perpetrated this crime will be caught before he harms another child. The problem being that even if he is caught and convicted there will come a time – far too soon – when he will be released back on to the streets where he will be at high risk to offend again.
I am not a proponent of the death penalty although I am inclined to believe that there are those who, like rabid dogs, should be put down for the well-being of the populace at large. Clifford Olson and Paul Bernardo come immediately to mind.
Unfortunately even if Canada still had a death penalty the human aberration who committed this latest crime, because his victim – however traumatized – lives, would not qualify for the ultimate penalty. If caught and convicted there would not even be the comfort of knowing that his sentence would permanently remove him from contact with the general population.
The courts dispense the law but the pity is that too often they don’t impart justice.